A growing collection of photographs from Turkey and Croatia. The series that adopts accumulation as its process and disintegration as its subject.
In this collection of portraits, I responded to the documentary “India’s Daughter”, a film centered on the shame and blame that female victims of rape are subject to in India. Watching it from a far away country only intensified my fear and hatred for these ideals, and yet I was faced with the problem of creating work about it from halfway across the world. The pictures came to life as portraits of young women in Boston, all of different cultures and upbringings, responding to a piece of cloth I gave them. The work attempts to investigate whether women are socially and culturally programmed to cover themselves as a form of protection from a world so ridden with violence. The inclusion of self-portraits allowed me to reveal my personal reactions to the cases of sexual assault in India. When pieced together, my work asks questions without offering direct answers but rather an opportunity for reflection.